Scotts Mills Friends Church

Since 1893

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Church History

In the late 1800's many Friends (Quakers) came to the Northwest from Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, settling several colonies. These colonies included (but not limited to) Newberg and Scotts Mills in Oregon, and Greenleaf in Idaho. Many Friends from the Northwest can trace their lineage through the small town of Scotts Mills and its surrounding boroughs.

The Scotts Mills "meeting house" (as Friends traditionally call it) was built in 1893 but blew down in high winds shortly thereafter, and the current-day meeting house took its place in 1894, built from old-growth timbers and furnished with pews made by the Scotts Mills Furniture Company that are still used today (with added cushioning!).

Through the years Scotts Mills Friends have had a rich history of growing missionaries who have traveled the world, raising pastors and teachers, and most importantly, cultivating servants of all stripes who love deeply and move in the Spirit of Jesus.

History buffs will enjoy Jonathan Gault's history of Scotts Mills and surrounding area, Digging For Friends, kindly hosted by the University of Oregon Geography Department; also, the Scotts Mills Historical Society has a brief history available online as well.

Finally, the Northwest Yearly Meeting website hosts a brief history of Friends for those interested in the history of The Religious Society Of Friends (Quakers).

What Friends Believe

Scotts Mills Friends Church is a member of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church which affirms as essential Christian truths the following teachings:

  • The sovereignty of God
  • The deity and humanity of Jesus Christ
  • The atonement through Jesus Christ by which persons are reconciled to God
  • The resurrection of Jesus, which assures the resurrection of all true worshipers
  • The gift of the Holy Spirit to believers
  • The authority of the Holy Scriptures

The Yearly Meeting also endorses traditional statements of Friends, including those emphasizing an inward encounter with God, communion without ritual, an individual responsibility for ministry and service, and striving for peace and justice. In addition, the Yearly Meeting speaks to contemporary issues concerning morality, human relationships, and Christian commitment. Friends hold that an authentic Christian belief results in both an inward faith and an outward expression of that belief.